Swedish Health System Board of Trustees
Kristen Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, Chair
Professor Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, is dean of the College of Nursing at Seattle University. Her research ranges from phenomenological descriptions to randomized controlled trials and focuses on caring, responses to pregnancy loss, and interventions to promote healing after miscarriage. The Swanson Caring Theory has been used to guide practice, education, and research in schools and health-care settings around the world. She was the first Virginia Mason Medical Center Distinguished Nurse Scholar and the first University of Washington Medical Center Professor in Nursing Leadership. She consults internationally on strategies to create and sustain a culture of safety, caring, and leadership. Former academic nursing administrative positions include Dean of Nursing, UNC Chapel Hill and Chair, Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington.
In addition to serving as chair of the Board of Directors of Swedish Health Systems, she is a member of the Seattle University Youth Initiative Advisory Board, the Hope Heart Education and Research Advisory Committee, and the Seattle Children’s Nursing Research Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing was previously a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London. She is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, an advanced leadership initiative for nurses in senior executive roles who aspire to lead and shape the future of the U.S. health care system.
Robert Andrews joined the Swedish Board in August 2015. He founded Northwest Retail Partners, Ltd. in September of 1992. Andrews has more than 25 years’ experience in commercial real estate, including strategic planning, market penetration, retail development and leasing, project planning, and disposition of surplus properties. Prior to founding Northwest Retail Partners, Andrews worked with CB Commercial Real Estate Group, dealing in a variety of areas including finance, property management, appraisals, commercial real estate sales and leasing. He has provided long-term counsel/representation to a number of prominent companies including Bed Bath & Beyond, Whole Foods, Cabela’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom Rack, Home Depot, Hollywood Video and Magnolia Hi-Fi. Andrews received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and is affiliated with the International Council of Shopping Centers. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys.
Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Bobbie Berkowitz is currently the dean emerita and professor of nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing. She is professor emerita at the University of Washington School of Nursing where she served on faculty for 14 years.
Prior to her appointment as dean at Columbia, she was the alumni endowed professor of nursing and chair of the department of Psychosocial and Community Health and adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Her primary research relates to public health systems, health disparities and health equity. Her major grant funding includes principle investigator (PI) of the NIH P20 Center for the Advancement of Health Disparities Research, PI and director of the National Program Office for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Turning Point Initiative (1996 through 2006) and PI for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, Public Health Experience with Health Disparities (2007-2010). Previous appointments include deputy secretary for the Washington State Department of Health and chief of nursing services for the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health.
Dr. Berkowitz has served on a number of boards and commissions including Hanford Environmental Health Foundation, Washington State Board of Health, Washington Health Care Commission, Washington State Academy of Science, National Academy of Medicine Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Public Health Foundation and chair of the Board of Trustees of Group Health Cooperative. She is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Nursing and currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for the New York Academy of Medicine and the Report Review Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Case Western Reserve University and master of nursing and bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Washington.
Teresa Bigelow has served on the Swedish Board since May 2007. She worked as an attorney specializing in healthcare law for 24 years. Bigelow co-founded Bennett, Bigelow & Leedom, a healthcare law firm, in 1983, and served as managing partner until 1995. She served as president of the Washington Society of Healthcare Attorneys and president of the Healthcare Financial Managers Association, Washington chapter. As a healthcare attorney she worked in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, tax, antitrust, fraud and abuse, joint ventures, payor contracting, managed care, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. She tried cases in federal and state court, including federal class actions on behalf of hospitals and hospital systems, and appeared before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Bigelow founded The Safe Crossings Foundation in 1989, served as that organizations's president from 1989 to 2006, and continues to serve on the board as an emeritus member.
Cheryl Gossman, MHA
Cheryl Gossman joined the Board of Governors in 2004 and served as chair from 2008-13. She has been on the Swedish Board of Trustees since 2008. She has served on many committees during her tenure, including: the Campaign Leadership Council, the Women and Children Advisory Council, and the Allocation Committee. She currently serves on the board’s Quality and Safety Committee and the Finance and Capital Projects Committee.
Gossman has more than 15 years of experience in health care with a special focus on physician practice management. She earned a master's degree in health care management at George Washington University.
Gossman has volunteered at St. Anne School, Seattle Preparatory, Lakeside and Holy Names Academy. She currently is a member of Katy McKay Circle of Association for Catholic Childhood.
Michael Hart, M.D.
Michael J. Hart, M.D. joined the Swedish Board in December 2012. Dr. Hart is a graduate of Holy Cross College and Yale University School of Medicine. After surgical residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he served at the United States Public Health Service Hospital in Seattle. He has practiced general surgery at Swedish with a special interest in hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery. He was the director of the Swedish surgery residency program from 1983 to 2012. During that time the program increased in size and it is now recognized as one of the premiere private practice training programs in the nation. Dr. Hart has served as chief of surgery and chief of staff at Swedish First Hill. He has been a governor of the American College of Surgeons, and has served as president of the Washington State Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He recently served on the board of directors of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and served on the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for General Surgery. He was the president of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association in 2007 and president of the North Pacific Surgical Association in 2008. He holds the rank of clinical professor of surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Hart is a 2010 recipient of the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach award. Dr. Hart retired from surgical practice in June, 2012 after serving twenty-nine years as surgery residency program director.
Jessica Hughes is vice chair of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors. In addition she serves as chair of the Board Governance Committee, which has a critical role as the Board readies itself for the challenges of the future. She joined the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors in 2011 and has recently been appointed as a member of the Swedish Board of Trustees. Hughes was born and raised in Seattle and has made it her home most of her life. She has had careers in both commercial real estate and banking/finance here in Seattle. She was heavily involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and has spent six years on the Bertschi School Board. She is currently a member of the Epiphany School Board. Hughes has a deep appreciation for Women and Infant services at Swedish having spent five months in all parts of it caring for her infant son who was born prematurely. She now believes that miracles do happen, but knows that her son wouldn't have made it home without the amazing skill and care of Swedish physicians and staff. She and her husband live in Seattle and are proud parents of two sons.
Peggy Hutchison, M.D.
Peggy Hutchison, M.D. joined the Swedish Board on January 1, 2018. She currently is the system chief of staff for the Swedish Unified Medical Staff. She also is the chair of the system Medical Executive Committee for Swedish’s Ballard, Cherry Hill, First Hill and Issaquah campuses. From 2013-2015, she served as the chief of staff-elect for the Swedish Ballard, Cherry Hill and First Hill campuses, then served as the chief of staff for those campuses from 2015-2017. Her role of past chief of staff runs through 2019.
Dr. Hutchison has been a practicing physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology at Swedish and the Seattle OB/GYN Group since 1998. Previously, she worked at Kaiser Permanente in California and Providence in Seattle. She earned a medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Department of OB/GYN, University of California-Irvine. There, she was chief administrative chief resident in 1992 and earned a distinguished award that same year “for excellence and dedication to teaching.” She became a board-certified OB/GYN fellow in 1995. Additionally, she earned a bachelor of science in nursing and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Portland-Oregon. She was a practicing registered nurse from 1975 to 1983, and served as the director of nursing at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle from 1980-83.
Dr. Hutchison’s broad experience in the medical field includes work with intensive and critical care, bone marrow transplant, cancer research, and obstetrics and gynecology. In the field of obstetrics and gynecology, she’s focused on minimally invasive, laparoscopy and robotic surgery techniques.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Hutchison has been active on numerous committees at Swedish, particularly in the areas quality, patient safety and physician leadership. She is a long-standing member of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, the Washington Gynecology Association, the Washington State Medical Society, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has multiple times been honored with a “top doctor” designation by peers and patients alike in the Seattle area.
Monica Pool Knox, MBA
Monica Pool Knox is the head of global talent management at Microsoft and provides leadership to Microsoft’s global cultural transformation efforts through optimizing talent across the company’s 120K employee base in 109 countries. In her role, She leads initiatives focused on creating talent solutions that enable optimal leverage of employee capability as well as the Future of Talent, initiatives that ensure the company’s talent management solutions are relevant and reflect external market trends.
Prior to joining Microsoft, she was based in San Francisco where she led human resources for Global Media, Sales and Brand Strategy at Twitter. She has also held a number of senior executive HR roles with Sony and CBS Interactive, leading HR organizations in Marketing, Sales and technical businesses. She also served as Sony’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer where she developed and led initiatives that drove talent selection, leadership development, employee engagement and employer branding. In addition to her professional roles, she has worked internationally through her non-profit endeavors in Israel, Brazil, Nicaragua, Ghana, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe and Mexico. She is a dual citizen of Germany and speaks Spanish.
She serves on the Board of Howard University’s School of Communications and the Board of DreamSmart Academy, a non-profit organization that builds leadership skills and personal financial acumen to young adults in moderate to low income communities. She has also been named as one of the top 100 executives under 50 by Diversity MBA Magazine and serves as a member of the prestigious organization, the Executive Leadership Council.
She has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in Marketing and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Communications. Monica enjoys outdoor concerts, movies with her family, playing basketball and is an avid reader. She lives with her husband and son in the Seattle area.
R. Omar Riojas, Chair, Governance & Nominating
R. Omar Riojas joined the Swedish Board in March 2015. He is a partner at Goldfarb & Huck Roth Riojas, PLLC. Omar concentrates in complex and high stakes commercial litigation in state and federal court, including complex business and tort litigation, securities, consumer, and wage-and-hour class actions, and corporate governance litigation. Omar also has experience in litigation concerning employment, insurance, financial institutions, and real estate. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals, as plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court.
Omar has been recognized by Washington Super Lawyers as among “The Top 100” attorneys in Washington. He has also repeatedly been named a “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers. Omar has also been included in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation.
Prior to forming Goldfarb & Huck, Omar was a business litigator at large defense firms (DLA Piper and Heller Ehrman). Omar graduated from Stanford Law School and from the University of Washington with distinction. Following law school, he was a Judicial Extern Clerk for the Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Stanley D. Savage, MBA, Chair, Finance & Capital Projects
Stanley D. Savage joined the Swedish board in December 2012. He is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Commerce Bank of Washington, N.A., and chairman of The Commerce Bank of Oregon. Both banks are subsidiaries of Zions Bancorporation, where Savage serves on the Executive Management Committee as an executive vice president. Savage has more than 35 years of banking and management experience. Savage received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington, a master's in business administration from University of Southern California, and is a graduate of the London Business School Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management. His present civic activities include serving on a number of not-for-profit and business related boards including the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, ArtsFund, Seattle Repertory Theatre Foundation and the Seattle Art Museum.
Tanya Sorensen, M.D., Chair, Community Benefit & Investment
Tanya Sorensen, M.D., joined the Swedish Board in 2018. She is a practicing maternal fetal medicine physician at Swedish, and has been Swedish’s executive director for Women’s Services since 2014. As co-director of the Swedish Center for Perinatal Studies (1993-2016) and clinical faculty at the University of Washington, she authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed research publications. She served on the executive committee for the Washington State Obstetric Association for five years, and currently serves as a board member at the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. She has been a member of the Providence-affiliated Institute for Systems Biology scientific advisory board since 2016. At Providence she serves on both the Women and Children’s Leadership Council and the Research Leadership Council. She received her bachelor of science degree from Bucknell University and is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. She and her husband have two adult daughters, both living in Seattle.
Margaret Stanley, MHA, Chair, Quality & Safety Committee
Margaret Stanley joined the Swedish Board in March 2015. She is a retired health care executive, who has more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She served as the first executive director of the Puget Sound Health Alliance, now the Washington Health Alliance, from 2005-08, when she retired. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality and containing costs. Before joining the Alliance, Stanley served as a senior vice president at Regence BlueShield in Seattle from 1999 until 2004, when she retired for the first time.
Prior to joining BlueShield, Stanley was the health benefits administrator at CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, from 1996-99. There she was responsible for providing health benefits for over one million state and public agency employees and retirees. Before joining CalPERS, Stanley served as administrator of the Washington State Health Care Authority and chaired the Public Employees Benefits Board from 1988 to 1996. She was responsible for purchasing health care services for public employees and retirees and ran the Basic Health Plan. In that capacity, she also served as vice chair of the Washington Health Care Commission from 1990-92. She served as executive vice president and chief Health Care Management officer of Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska from 1984-88. She founded and served as president and chief executive officer of HealthPlus, a Blue Cross HMO, from 1981-88. From 1977 to 1980, Stanley was a clinic manager and outpatient administrator for Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. She served as the chair of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board, which is responsible for administering health care reform in Washington state.
She has a master of health administration degree from the University of Washington and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Bucknell University. In 2013, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Health Care from Seattle Business Magazine. She was born in New York, raised in Vienna, Virginia, and has lived in Washington state since 1969.
Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH
Jonathan R. Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H. is chief executive officer (CEO) of Global to Local, a Seattle-based nonprofit whose mission is to demonstrate the effectiveness of global health strategies to improve the health status of underserved communities in the U.S.
Prior to his service at Global to Local, he served for nearly two decades as president and CEO of Qualis Health, a Seattle-based non-profit recognized as a national leader in population health. Dr. Sugarman regularly serves as an advisor for government and private sector quality measurement and improvement initiatives. He is a frequent speaker to regional and national audiences on topics related to healthcare quality and accelerating healthcare transformation through implementation of models such as the medical home. He has authored over 90 papers and book chapters on topics such as diabetes mellitus, health problems of American Indians and quality of care among Medicare beneficiaries.
He has served as a leader in a number of professional organizations, including as president of the American Health Quality Association, president of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, and chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality. He served on the Executive Committee of the American Medical Association–convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.
Dr. Sugarman is a graduate of Harvard College, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He recently concluded service as visiting professor and lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and currently serves as clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington.
Joel Wassermann, M.D.
Joel Wassermann, M.D., is a graduate of Brown University and the Brown University Program in Medicine. After graduating from medical school in 1992 he came to Seattle for the Providence Family Medicine Residency Program. He completed the University of Washington Tacoma Family Medicine fellowship in rural family medicine and joined the faculty there for two years. After practicing family medicine for several years, Dr. Wassermann developed an interest in emergency medicine and in 2002 completed the Boston Medical Center Boston University Residency in Emergency Medicine. He returned to Seattle and has practiced emergency medicine ever since. He practiced at Virginia Mason and Group Health prior to joining Swedish and practicing at the Cherry Hill, Mill Creek, Issaquah and Redmond campuses. Dr. Wassermann has served as chief of emergency medicine and as medical director for the Swedish Lake Sammamish Emergency Department. He became chief medical officer at Issaquah in 2013, and has served as medical director for Quality Management since 2016. His wife Krista is an ARNP and works as a hospice case manager with Providence. They have two teenaged daughters and like to cook, ski and cycle.